OTTAWA, Ontario -- The Penguins
defeated Ottawa, 4-1, at Scotiabank Place tonight for their third consecutive victory.
Milan Michalek gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead at 15:59 of the opening period, tossing a shot past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
from the front of the net to cap a sequence that began when Penguins
center Evgeni Malkin
was unable to get the puck out of his own zone.
Bill Guerin countered for the Penguins
39 seconds later, as he collected the rebound of his own shot and lunged around Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips to knock it by Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire for his second of the season.
took the lead on an own-goal by the Senators at 6:16 of the second, as Ottawa center Steve Kelly backhanded a pass that hit teammate Erik Karlsson and slid into the net. The goal was credited to Tyler Kennedy
, his third.
Kennedy picked up No. 4 at 18:02, when he pounded a slap shot past Leclaire from above the right circle.
, who had seven points last season, got assists on both of Kennedy's second-period goals.
removed any doubt about the outcome by flipping in a Mike Rupp
rebound at 9:54 of the third, giving him goals in three consecutive games.
(5-1) will close out their four-game road trip Wednesday at Carolina.
Dave Molinari can be reached at DWMolinari@Yahoo.com.